|Mission Statement: "Our vision
is a world in which all children are treated with dignity,
respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every
child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love
and trust. Our society has no more urgent task."
Our goals are:
1. To provide critical information on parenting, with
special regard to pregnancy and early childhood
Since December 1996 we have provided a wealth of information on
all aspects of parenting, with a focus on early childhood, at our
Natural Child Project web site.
The site currently includes 100+ articles by noted writers. The
site also includes an extensive collection of parenting advice on
many subjects, child advocacy documents and research articles,
unique parenting resources, and an entire short book, Whatever
Happened to Mother? by James Kimmel, Ph.D. Our website has become
well-known and highly-regarded. We are receiving over 250,000 page
accesses per month from 129 countries. The web site has won
numerous awards and has been featured on CNN Headline News, Canada
AM TV, and elsewhere.
2. To increase public awareness of the importance
of parent-child bonding, and the legitimacy and critical
importance of children's emotional needs at all stages
Our director, Jan Hunt, M.Sc. Psychology, has had many
opportunities to speak to the public through workshops, media
interviews, and magazine articles. Many of her articles are
available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian, and her book The
Natural Child has been translated into several languages. The
unique research section of our web site offers critical
information on attachment parenting studies.
3. To undertake projects which further our vision
of the world in which all children are treated with dignity,
respect, understanding and compassion.
As a fundraising project, Jan has created Parenting
Cards, which parents can use for encouragement, inspiration, and
support. She has also written a highly-regarded parenting book,
The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart,
and A Gift for Baby, a
children's picture book that celebrates attachment parenting. Jan
and her son Jason co-edited the book The
Jan's essay "10 Tips for
Shopping with Children" has been reprinted widely on the
Internet and in many newspapers, and is distributed free
in many cities during the holiday season.
As our funding increases, we plan to offer more local parenting
workshops and free counseling for parents in need. We also hope to
establish a local children's art gallery, similar to our online
Jan has many professional affiliations. She is on the Board of
Directors of Canadian Society for the prevention of Cruelty to
Children, Holistic Moms Network, Attachment Parenting International,
and the Child-Friendly Initiative. She is often consulted on early
childhood issues by both professionals and parents.